In the studio today, Ben-zion Eni joined us to discuss his newest endeavour, the Hub Cafe in downtown Courtenay. Ben has stepped out of a 20 year career working with fresh produce, and jumped into the service side of the food industry! We talked to him about the jump - the motivations, hesitations and everything in between. But as we got to talking, the thing that struck us the most is his sense of community. It's obvious that it plays a significant role in his cafe, and he aims to have the cafe play a significant role in the community. With this great little spot, great food, great location, great atmosphere, you just know it's going to succeed!
July 29th, 2015
July 20th, 2015
The beautiful Ms. Toni Dunne sits down with Chef Jon and Darren today to talk gardening. A self-taught garden hobbyist, Toni has developed as a semi-professional gardener over the years as she has soaked in and absorbed every bit of information she can. With an eye on acidity and soil alchemy, Toni and friends have created lush, abundant gardens out of little backyard dirt patches. And like a modern day Johnny Appleseed, she plants a little every where she goes.
But taking it further than that, she discusses how to provide a modest secondary income from her garden, while still providing plenty for her and her family. It’s truly the new direction backyard farming is going, so just sit back and listen to this vanguard of modern hobby farming relate to you her journey from amateur to thriving adept.
July 14th, 2015
Doug Smith of Natural Pastures was gracious enough to join us tonight to discuss cheese! As one of the Comox Valley’s cornerstone food producers that help put our humble, beautiful Valley on the map, Doug is one of those key talents that took a small business idea, and turned it into a national brand! He walks us through the process of getting started, growing to fit your market, and establishing yourself amongst your peers. We had a great time with Doug – who is just a wealth of information of Valley history, business planning and above all: Cheese!
July 5th, 2015
Allen McWilliam of Tannadice Farms sat down with Chef Jon and Darren in the studio today. Allen treats us to the background of how the farm has grown from its' humble beginnings to the cornerstone-of-the-valley it has become. Humble and gracious, He shares a loving history of the Valley, and is able to relate his unique view on the farming scene here, and how it has evolved and grown over the years. And he brought sausages!
July 1st, 2015
On this episode, the ever eloquent Connie Earl joins Chef Jonathan Frazier and Darren Howlett to talk local wine. Connie is easily one of the foremost resources for the Valley on all things wine, extending throughout Vancouver Island; BC in general; and worldwide. She brought her expertise and a few bottles of semi-local reds to discuss the first steps in evaluating a bottles' merits, triumphs and shortcomings. What a treat!
June 22nd, 2015
Today we sit down with the lovably quirky Allison MacKenzie of Dark Side Chocolates. Allison discusses how she sort of 'fell into' the business, the merits of good dark chocolate over mass produced cheaper chocolate, and finding new flavour combinations. We also touch on the ups and downs of being a small business in the Comox Valley and all that comes with it.
Dark Side Chocolates
P.O. Box 1119,
2722 Dunsmuir Avenue
Cumberland, B.C. V0R 1S0
Facebook: Dark Side Chocolates
June 15th, 2015
Carmen Wakeling of Eatmore Sprouts sat down at the Edible Valley table today, to talk sprouts, farming, and the beautiful Comox Valley. Carmen took us back to the beginning, lo those many years ago, where it all began. It's amazing that a small backyard venture has become a food juggernaut, producing an incredible amount of food for our Valley and beyond. Truly one of the cornerstone food growers of our area, we are thankful that Carmen was able to come in and share her story, and hopefully inspire all of us!
Eatmore Sprouts and Greens Ltd.
2604 Grieve Rd
Courtenay, BC, V9J 1S7
Facebook: Eatmore Sprouts
June 15th, 2015
Tonight Chef Jonathon Frazier and Darren Howlett had the great
fortune of sitting down with Hans Peter Meyer, reknown local food
reviewer and Comox Valley commerce enthusiast (for lack of a
better term). Hans has become better known as of late for his
ambitious efforts to get the Comox Valley on the map so-to-speak,
with his "Making Shift Happen" and #WeAreYQQ - both efforts to
shine a light on small business within the valley, and encourage
growth of those businesses and the local economy. It was very
difficult to contain this to just a half hour, and promises have
been made to explore this further. Take a listen and let us know
what you think - we would love to hear your ideas and comments.
June 8th, 2015
Arzeena Hamir of Amara Farms, Merville Organics and many others organizations came into the Edible Valley studio today to talk organics. Arzeena is a noted food activist from Richmond BC, who relocated to the Valley years ago to establish a farm here. An authority on organics and sustainability, she is the driving force behind Merville Organics - a group of organic farmers upholding those standards and farming collectively. It was great just to hear her take on the entire process and where organic food is headed here in the Valley. We look forward to checking in with Arzeena on a regular basis to see how things develop for organic farming here in the Comox Valley.
2631 Kirby Rd,
Courtenay, BC V0R,
Phone: (250) 331-0543
Facebook: Amara Farm
May 25th, 2015
Chef Jonathan Frazier and Darren Howlett are back this week with another episode of the Edible Valley Podcast. This week, they take a breather to reflect on the last few shows, and catch up, as they have actually not seen each other in a month. In catching up, they also look forward to the next few weeks and months, and talk whats coming up (or not coming up) in the next while for food in the Comox Valley.